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Definition

Proportion of population receiving clinical mental health services.

Indicator Summary

Numerator
Number of people receiving clinical mental health services
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Denominator
Total population
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Computation

Rates directly age-standardised to the 2001 Australian population.

Age group is calculated from age at last contact.

Remoteness is derived from Statistical Local Area (SLA) (or postcode where SLA is not available) of the client at last contact and is proportionally allocated using a population-based concordance.

Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA) is derived from SLA (or postcode where SLA is …

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Disaggregation

2010-11—Nationally, by service stream, by:

  • SEIFA Index of Relative Socio-Economic Disadvantage (IRSD) deciles

2010–11—State and territory, by service stream, by:

  • 10-year age group (age specific rate)
  • Indigenous status (public and Medicare Benefits Scheme data only)
  • remoteness (Australian Standard Geographical Classification Remoteness Structure)
  • SEIFA IRSD quintiles
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Calculation rules

Computation Rule
Description

Rates directly age-standardised to the 2001 Australian population.

Age group is calculated from age at last contact.

Remoteness is derived from Statistical Local Area (SLA) (or postcode where SLA is not available) of the client at last contact and is proportionally allocated using a population-based concordance.

Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA) is derived from SLA (or postcode where SLA is not available) of the client at last contact and is proportionally allocated using a population-based concordance.

Public

Number of individuals registered on jurisdictional mental health information systems as receiving one or more service contacts from state/territory public mental health services.

Person counts should be confined to individuals who received one or more contacts from the state or territory mental health service and were not, at the time of contact, currently admitted to a specialised mental health inpatient or residential service.

All types of service contacts to be included in defining whether a person receives a service, including those delivered ‘on behalf’ of the consumer, that is, where the consumer does not directly participate.

‘Assessment only’ cases are included.

‘Unregistered’ clients—mental health clients for which a person identifier was not recorded—are excluded.

State and territory disaggregation of community mental health care data is based on location of service.

Private

Number of individuals receiving specialist psychiatric care in private hospitals with psychiatric beds. Services provided to patients with psychiatric diagnoses by other private hospitals (that is, those without designated psychiatric beds) are not included.

State and territory disaggregation of Private Mental Health Alliance data is based on location of service.

Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS)

Inclusive of all mental-health related MBS items and includes some ambulatory-equivalent admitted patient mental health service contacts.

Consultant psychiatrist services include MBS items: 134, 136, 138, 140, 142, 289, 291, 293, 296, 297, 299, 300, 302, 304, 306, 308, 310, 312, 314, 316, 318, 319, 320, 322, 324, 326, 328, 330, 332, 334, 336, 338, 342, 344, 346, 348, 350, 352, 353, 355, 356, 357, 358, 359, 361, 364, 366, 367, 369, 370, 855, 857, 858, 861, 864, 866, 14224.

GP and other services include MBS items: 170, 171, 172, 2574, 2575, 2577, 2578, 2702, 2704, 2705, 2707, 2708, 2710, 2712, 2713, 2721, 2723, 2725, 2727.

Clinical psychologist services include MBS items: 80000, 80005, 80010, 80015, 80020.

Other allied health services include MBS items: 10956, 10968, 80100, 80105, 80110, 80115, 80120, 80125, 80130, 80135, 80140, 80145, 80150, 80155, 80160, 80165, 80170, 81325, 81355, 82000, 82015.

Medicare Benefits Scheme data presented by Indigenous status are adjusted for under-identification in the Medicare Australia Voluntary Indigenous Identifier (VII) database.

State and territory disaggregation of MBS data is based on postcode of residence of the person as recorded in Medicare Australia's database at the date the last service was received in the reference period.

Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA)

Inclusive of all mental-health related MBS items and additional DVA items and includes some ambulatory-equivalent admitted patient mental health service contacts.

Consultant psychiatrist services include MBS items above. 134, 136, 138, 140, 142, 289, 291, 293, 296, 297, 299, 300, 302, 304, 306, 308, 310, 312, 314, 316, 318, 319, 320, 322, 324, 326, 328, 330, 332, 334, 336, 338, 342, 344, 346, 348, 350, 352, 353, 355, 356, 357, 358, 359, 361, 364, 366, 367, 369, 370, 855, 857, 858, 861, 864, 866, 14224.

GP and other services include MBS items: 170, 171, 172, 2702, 2710, 2712, 2713, 2721, 2723, 2725, 2727.

Clinical psychologist services include MBS items: 80000, 80005, 80010, 80015, 80020 and DVA items US01, US02, US03, US04, US05, US06, US07, US08, US50, US51, US99.

Other allied health services include MBS items: 10956, 10968, 80100, 80105, 80110, 80115, 80120, 80125, 80130, 80135, 80140, 80145, 80150, 80155, 80160, 80165, 80170, 81325, 81355, 82000, 82015 and DVA items CL20, CL25, CL30, US11, US12, US13, US14, US15, US16, US17, US18, US21, US22, US23, US24, US25, US26, US27, US31, US32, US33, US34, US35, US36, US37, US52, US53, US96, US97, US98.

State and territory disaggregation of DVA data is based on postcode of residence of the person as recorded by Medicare Australia at the date the last service was received in the reference period.

Presented as a percentage.

Numerators
Number of people receiving clinical mental health services
Denominators
Total population
Disaggregation

2010-11—Nationally, by service stream, by:

  • SEIFA Index of Relative Socio-Economic Disadvantage (IRSD) deciles

2010–11—State and territory, by service stream, by:

  • 10-year age group (age specific rate)
  • Indigenous status (public and Medicare Benefits Scheme data only)
  • remoteness (Australian Standard Geographical Classification Remoteness Structure)
  • SEIFA IRSD quintiles

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